One of RSPL’s ‘most intriguing’ finales ever – PFAJ’s Anderson salutes MBU as champions dominate awards

first_img COACH OF THE YEAR Montego Bay United Football Club captured the most awards at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) presentation ceremony on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. Chairman of the PFAJ Don Anderson described the season as one of the most interesting. “It has been one of the most intriguing coming to an end. MBU has been most consistent in three years by competing in the last three finals and winning two times,” Anderson said. “I salute MBU. However, Portmore’s Michael Binns scored a goal in the final that was worthy of a World Cup final,” he shared. He admitted that there were challenges along the way. “Personally, throughout my 37 years in administration, my firm belief is that off the field issues must be dealt with around the table. Football needs us all, so let us work together,” he also added. The 2015-16 champions collected the coveted title and winning cash incentive of $2.5 million, plus 35 medals, while beaten finalists Portmore United walked away with $1.5 million and 25 silver medals. Last season’s champions, Arnett Gardens, finished third and were rewarded $1 million and medals, while Humble Lion received $500,000 for their fourth-place finish in the 12-team league. MBU were the best defensive and top-scoring team. Their striker, Owayne Gordon, received four individual awards. Gordon, who missed the final last Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, received Round Three top striker for scoring 10 goals, the leading goalscorer with 20 goals, the Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Player Personality Award. MBU’s Jacomena Barrett won the goalkeeper of the year award for the third consecutive season, while former national player Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis won the Winning Coach award, and Dwayne Ambusley won the Winning Captain award. Marcel Gayle of first-time team in the Premier League the University of the West Indies FC, won the Coach of the Year award. Portmore United won the regular season award for the team that finished on most points and were also the team with the most wins. Junior Flemmings, who is on loan from Tivoli Gardens to MLS club New York Red Bull, was the Junior Player of the Year. MBU’s Dino Williams was the Round One top goal scorer with six goals, while Cory Burke, who started the season at Rivoli United before transferring to MoBay, scored the most goals (six) in Round Two. Boys’ Town FC won the FIFA Fair Play award, while the top referee was Valdin Ledgister and top assistant referee was Richard Washington. The RSPL best XI players were: Damian Hyatt (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (MBU), Oneil Thompson (Arnett), Khareem Manning (Portmore United), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Ricardo Morris (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Renae Lloyd (Arnett), Owayne Gordon (MBU), and Dino Williams (MBU).last_img read more

Wolmer’s ready to shoot down CC … Coach Reynolds warns alma mater ahead of top clash

first_imgWolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds will be going up against his alma mater and coaches who were once his schoolmates when Clarendon College face Wolmer’s in their ISSA/Flow Super Cup quarter-final today at Sabina Park.Despite the sentiments, Reynolds warned Clarendon College not to expect a warm welcome when the referee sounds the kick-off whistle at 6 p.m.St George’s College will play Glenmuir High at4 p.m in the opening game of the double-header.”I know their philosophy and style of play. I lived walking distance from the school and I used to be in primary school watching the present coach and assistant of Clarendon College now. I know how they play, and what is expected of the team,” Reynolds pointed out.Reynolds, who also represented Clarendon College in the daCosta Cup, admitted that he was an admirer of their current coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, but underlined that today is all about getting the result.”They will come here to Sabina Park against us pumped up for the Super Cup, and it’s gonna be a tough game. I don’t think they will have a third bad game. I expect a much better Clarendon team tomorrow (today),” he stressed.Reynolds believes Clarendon was not at their best against Hydel in last week’s Super Cup opening round, despite a come-from-behind 2-1 extra-time win.”From preseason, I thought they were one of the daCosta Cup favourites. I expect a good Super Cup match, good crowd, and they will be gunning to get pumped up and ready for their next game against Glenmuir,” added Reynolds.PLAYING TO STRENGTHSClarendon College will face Rusea’s and then Glenmuir in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup Clarendon derby soon, having lost their first quarter-final match 2-1 to Dinthill Technical.”Despite people saying we are defensive, we approach every game different. We change according to our opponents, and we try to play to our strengths,” explained Reynolds.Alphanso Gooden is Wolmer’s main attacking threat with seven goals, while Jahwahni Hinds has scored seven this season, including one in last week’s 3-1 win over Port Antonio.”We will be going all-out for the win. We are gonna go one step further than we have done so far this season. We are aiming for three finals, and we will not let Clarendon spoil that,” Reynolds told The Gleaner.last_img read more

JAAA drops interest in World Juniors 2016

first_imgJamaica has decided to forego interest in hosting the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships that was originally set to be hosted in Kazan, Russia. Citing financial constraints imposed on the country by the International Monetary Fund, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association’s (JAAA) president Dr. Warren Blake said yesterday, Jamaica has decided not to submit a bid.The championships were shifted from the Russian city following an-IAAF imposed ban on that country’s athletic federation. In November, an independent committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) led by former president Dick Pound, released a report accusing the Russian Athletic Federation of several infractions including being involved in the state-sponsored doping of its athletes.Yesterday, Dr. Blake said that despite the initial interest expressed by the JAAA when the opportunity first came up for Jamaica to bid for the championships, it was eventually decided after further deliberation that the country would be unable to afford such an expensive venture.”It requires in excess of US$10 million (approximately J$1billion). The Government would have to issue a bond to cover that amount and with the IMF constraints it really was a non-starter,” said the JAAA president following the announcement of this year’s Athlete of the Year candidates at Scotia Centre in downtown Kingston. “It was really a preliminary wish of the association but after further discussions we decided not to put in a bid.”Jamaica last hosted the World Junior Championships in 2002 that was considered to be one of the most successful in the history of the event.Last month, Blake said he was confident the country would have been able to do a good job hosting the event for what would have been a second time. He said Finland, a country that has more available cash than Jamaica, was also bidding to host the championships. With that in mind Jamaica’s best bet was to raise the money needed as quickly as possible.last_img read more

Salvadorean offer for Arnett’s Malcolm

first_imgKemal Malcolm’s most productive goalscoring form in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could land him a much coveted contract with a foreign club.The Arnett Gardens representative, who has so far scored 10 goals this season to be third on the goalscoring table behind leaders Dino Williams with 14 and Cory Burke 12, is being eyed by Salvadorean First Division club Pasaquina.”There is an offer coming for me but nothing is sealed yet. My focus is with Arnett Gardens now, but when I put pen to paper with any other team, then I can say whatever,” the former St George’s College Manning Cup star confirmed with The Gleaner on Sunday.Then, he netted the winner for his team in a 2-1 success over Waterhouse in the Red Stripe Premier League.For Malcolm, who had a short spell on the US College circuit after leaving St George’s, this opportunity will represent the realisation of a dream.”It is a wonderful feeling. I am overwhelmed because as a youngster, my aim was always to play professionally overseas, so to get an offer to play overseas makes me very grateful and very happy. That shows that something is going on with me, that I am doing something good,” the lightning-quick attacker said.The opportunity, Malcolm said, was facilitated by his former teammate, McKaully Tulloch.”This opportunity came about because of my friend, McKaully Tulloch. He hooked me up with his agent and the agent made some clippings of me with the goals that I have scored so far this season, and a few teams were interested. Pasaquina was one of them,” he explained.Malcolm said he is satisfied with what Pasaquina has put on the table, but the only stumbling block to this move could be the value placed on him by Arnett Gardens.”I think Arnett Gardens will want something for me, and that is where the problem is going to be if there will be one. Because of the fact that I am scoring frequently now, they would not want to let me go,” he reasoned.With the Salvadorean league set to kick off in the middle of this month, Malcolm is hoping that things are sorted out quickly.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgFootballers fined for sexist comments over offside PRAGUE (AP): Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha have been fined by the Czech football federation for their emotional outburst against women after a female assistant referee failed to spot an offside in a league game. Brno midfielder Alois Hycka was several metres offside at the decisive moment before he equalised in stoppage time and salvaged a 3-3 draw for Brno against Sparta on Sunday. In their comments, the players said women’s place is in the kitchen, for which they later apologised. The federation’s disciplinary committee yesterday fined both men US$1,656 and they were also ordered to lead the training of a youth team. Sparta had already ordered them to take part in several training sessions of women’s teams. The assistant referee, Lucie Ratajova, was banned from four games for her mistake. Arsenal CEO needs ‘time’ for Wenger’s contract VATICAN CITY (AP): Arsenal will deal with manager Arsene Wenger’s future “in our own way and in our own time”, club CEO Ivan Gazidis said yesterday. Wenger’s contract expires at the end of this season, his 21st year with the club. “He’s been clear and we’ve always been clear. That’s a mutual decision as to how long he’ll continue. Both need to be on the same page on that,” Gazidis told The Associated Press on the sidelines of a Vatican conference on faith and sport. For many fans, the 66-year-old Wenger has been the only manager they’ve ever known at Arsenal. The London club is playing in the Champions League for a 19th consecutive season under Wenger, but the Frenchman has not guided Arsenal to the Premier League title since 2004. Son Heung-min delivers again SEOUL, South Korea (AP): Son Heung-min can’t seem to do anything wrong. Son came to South Korea’s rescue in Asian qualifying for the World Cup yesterday when he scored the winner against Qatar. The South Koreans looked set to lose for the first time in 11 qualifying matches when they trailed Qatar 2-1 at half-time. Then Ji Dong-won equalised in the 56th minute, and two minutes later, Son separated from his marker and curled his shot in. He celebrated with a dab, to more cheers from the home crowd in Suwon. It was his sixth goal in seven appearances for South Korea and Tottenham this season. “The important thing is to win, and we did that,” Son said. “After Qatar scored, we regrouped, kept our focus and came back.” Top-ranked Kerber loses to Svitolina BEIJING (AP): Elina Svitolina beat a No. 1-ranked player for the second time this season, ousting U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber from the China Open 6-3, 7-5 yesterday to reach the quarterfinals. The 16th-seeded Svitolina defeated long-time top-ranked player Serena Williams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, and now has beaten the player who replaced her at No. 1. Kerber, who had strapping on her upper right leg, was on a run of 22 wins from 26 matches on the tour. The German player had a break to lead in both sets but Svitolina produced four breaks of serve to keep control and set up a quarterfinal match against Daria Gavrilova, who beat Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-3.last_img read more

Trotman urges thoughtful cricket from Pride

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Head coach Emmerson Trotman says Barbados Pride are well prepared for the upcoming regional first class season but will have to put a lot more thought into their game, if they are to have any chance at the title.Speaking ahead of the opening game of the new season starting next week, Trotman said Pride were a talented bunch but needed to be more “situation aware” in order to capitalise on key moments during games.”We have to do a lot more thinking. We’ve done it to a certain extent last year and we’ve just got to top it up a bit more,” Trotman said.”The guys have to get a bit more situation awareness … the thinking power and also the right attitude and the mentality must be very, very strong. You have to have a good, strong mentality this year and even stronger than last year, and [I believe] the guys will pull it off.”Pride will be boosted by the return of Test batsmen Roston Chase and Jomel Warrican, both of whom were part of the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.The 13-man squad, which will be led by all-rounder Kevin Stoute, also includes out-of-favour Test seamer Kemar Roach, West Indies A captain Shamarh Brooks and experienced opener Omar Phillips who has played a couple of Tests.THINKING GAMETrotman, who is taking over from Henderson Springer who is on West Indies duty, said the batsmen also needed to play the thinking game.”I’ve been mainly focussing on the batting side of it,” Trotman said.”I got the guys to do some thinking in the nets for the last two-and-a-half months and when it came down to the last week, I allowed the guys to bat in the nets and think for themselves because it is important they think for themselves.”Pride have found themselves frustrated in recent seasons, finishing second to two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars over the last two campaigns.But Trotman said the group had reviewed their mistakes and were in much better shape this season to finally break Jaguars’ stronghold.”I feel our chances are pretty good. We’ve been preparing for about the past three months and we’ve got lots of plans and as long as the guys execute the plans properly and think a lot and do what they do as professionals, I see no reason why we cannot pull off the competition,” Trotman pointed out.”The guys are aware of the fact they have been runners up to Guyana on a couple of occasions and the guys have done some homework on that and they are well prepared, they’re fit, they’re organised and they are disciplined, and I’m expecting them to do very, very well this year.”last_img read more

Messi provides boost ahead of Brazil clash

first_imgBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP):Lionel Messi is back from injury, just the tonic Argentina needs in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil.Messi missed Argentina’s last three qualifying matches with an injured left knee, and the results showed with draws against Peru and Venezuela, and a 1-0 loss against Paraguay.”He (Messi) is extremely intelligent and has a great finishing skill, so we have to do double marking on him whenever we can,” Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto said. “We have to close the gaps for all Argentina players, and we have to remove Messi’s passing angle whenever he has the ball.”Thursday’s match takes place in the same stadium where Brazil was humiliated two years ago in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. But this time, the hosts will be focusing on containing Messi.”It’s impossible to stop the ball from reaching Messi because he will start floating around to get it,” Renato Augusto said. “We need to take him out of his comfort zone.”Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the Brazilians fear Messi.”They know that Leo is very tough. They are a little scared,” Pratto told Argentine newspaper OlÈ. “Or maybe more than a little.”Messi scored in a 1-0 victory over Uruguay in September in the only match he’s played under Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.Argentina, World Cup runners-up two years ago against Germany, is five points behind group leader Brazil. The Argentines need points Thursday and next week in a difficult match against Colombia.Brazil leads qualifying with 21 points, followed by Uruguay with 20 and Ecuador and Colombia with 17. Chile and Argentina have 16 points each.The top four teams qualify automatically for the World Cup. The fifth-place team could advance through a play-off.Brazil has won four straight matches since coach Tite took over after the five-time World Cup champions fired Dunga.Tite will count on striker Neymar and right back Dani Alves for any new strategy to deal with Messi.”(Brazil) has to do what it has been doing,” said winger Douglas Costa, “regardless of Argentina.”last_img read more

Bolt, Thompson win Sportsman, Sportswoman crowns

first_imgUsain Bolt joined Michael McCallum as the most successful male athlete in the history of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, while Elaine Thompson signed off on a brilliant year with her first hold of the top sportswoman title at Friday’s glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt, who helped himself to three gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games was as expected handed his seventh Sportsman of the Year award, while Thompson’s double sprint gold, sprint relay silver, 60m World Indoors bronze and 100m Diamond Race victory earned her a first hold on the prestigious award. 110m hurdles Olympic champion and 60m hurdles World Indoor champion Omar McLeod and swimming star Alia Atkinson, who broke the short course 50m breaststroke world record, equalled the 100m breaststroke world record and won three medals at the World Swimming Championships were named as runners-up to the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. Bolt was delighted with his latest triumph and left the stage with a message to the youth.  “I am from Trelawny. I never thought I would be on this stage as one of the greatest ever, hard work pays off so if you want to be great, work towards what you want, never give up. I have gone through a lot but I have never given up once, use me as n example to work to be the best you can be,” Bolt said.  Thompson was thankful for her win. “Huge thank you to my coach Stephen Francis in motivating and believing in me and for investing his time in me. Thanks to my fans in Jamaica and across the world for their invaluable support,” Thompson shared. Super athletics coach Stephen Francis was presented with the Sagicor Iconic Award, while champion trainer Wayne DaCosta was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award. Triathlete Llori Sharpe won the inaugural VMBS Youth Award, while chairman of the RJR Sports Foundation selection committee Mike Fennell was presented with the Global Lifetime Achievement award for his year’s of service to sports administration. The People’s Choice Performance of the Year award went to Calabar’s Christopher Taylor for his anchor leg run, which led his team to a win in the 4x400m Open relay at Champs 2016. Awards were also presented to teams as well as category awards to each sporting discipline.  Certificates of Merit were presented to Douglas Beckford (squash), David Bernard Snr (fitness instruction and cricket), Lawrence Henriques (motor sports), Audrey Thompson (sport in western Jamaica and netball) and Susan Wates (equestrian). Guest Speaker Olivier Gers, the recently appointed CEO at the IAAF hailed Jamaica’s impact and success in international track and field and spoke to the association’s efforts to reform athletics and develop it into a leading global sport.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgChelsea inch closer to EPL title LONDON, England (AP): Chelsea was one more win away from taking the English Premier League title after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 yesterday. The Blues have the chance to claim their second league title in three seasons when they face West Brom on Friday. They moved seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, and all but consigned Middlesbrough to relegation. Goals came from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic in an attack masterfully orchestrated by Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. “We have the possibility to do this on Friday but it won’t be easy because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. With this result, Middlesbrough have become the second team relegated from the Premiership, as they still have 28 points. Hull City sits ahead of them in 18th place on 34 points, with Swansea in 17th on 35. Each have only two more games to play. NKorea to host Malaysia in soccer after diplomatic dispute KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): North Korea has finally been approved to host a 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against Malaysia following political tensions between the countries. The Asian Football Confederation says the game can go ahead in Pyongyang on June 8 after the Malaysian football federation confirmed it was not subject to “government travel restrictions.” Diplomatic tensions escalated amid investigations into the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother in Kuala Lumpur. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens. The original March 28 qualifier was postponed and a neutral venue sought. The game opens both teams’ program in a four-nation Asian Cup qualifying group that also includes Lebanon and Hong Kong. Bouchard eliminates Sharapova at Madrid Open MADRID, Spain (AP): Motivated more than usual, Eugenie Bouchard used her game to send a message to Maria Sharapova by defeating the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling second-round match at the Madrid Open yesterday. Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against Sharapova’s return to tennis following a doping ban, jumped up and down after converting her second match point in just under three hours. The players casually shook hands at the net and exchanged brief plaudits. It was their first meeting since Bouchard called Sharapova a cheater and said she should have been banned for life from the sport after testing positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.last_img read more

PH top badminton bet looks to improve after first SEA Games stint

first_imgCJ Perez early favorite for NCAA MVP MOST READ Badminton super powers Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand sent teams here.But some of Malaysia’s shuttler including legend Lee Chong Wei didn’t see action because of the on-going World Championships in Glasgow.She and partner Alyssa Leonardo also crashed the doubles quarterfinals but lost to a Vietnamese pair.Literally a badminton hall rat, Barredo made the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center her own playground growing up because her mother worked there as ticket counter officer.The senior high at Philippine Women’s University-Jose Abad Santos Memorial School already has offers from big UAAP schools like Ateneo, La Salle and National University.ADVERTISEMENT “Hopefully I can use the SEA Games experience to improve and win golds in the future,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH badminton star Sarah Joy Barredo. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ No. 1 badminton player knew how big the sport was in this country.But Sarah Joy Barredo didn’t realize how huge it was until she played here for her first Southeast Asian Games stint.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very awe-inspiring,” said the 17-year-old Barredo in Filipino.She said playing in 16,000-seater Axiata Arena — which was filled to the rafters all week of the competitions — can be overwhelming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“But of course I remember I was here to play for the Philippines and had to give my everything,” said the many-time Palarong Pambansa champion.Barredo made it through the quarterfinals bowed to World No. 22 Pornpawee Chochungwong of Thailand. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more